Buying a motorcycle doesn't have to be expensive. A new set of affordable models from familiar brands — from cruisers to sport and electric bikes — offer vintage appeal, serious power, and a smooth ride. Whether it's your first or tenth, here are eight motorcycles you'll want to take out on the road.
Best for Dirt and Asphalt
At home on- and off-road, the CRF250L is a jack-of-all-trades master of fun. Like all dual sports, the bike sits tall – seat height is 34.7 inches – which keeps the rider positioned upright. In the saddle, the bike's suspension (9.8 inches up front and 9.5 in the rear) gobbles up most potholes and dips in the dirt. Thanks to fuel injection, the bike turns over and idles easily, even when it's cold. And since the single-cylinder engine gets around 70 mpg, its running costs are minimal. [$4,999; powersports.honda.com]